Grant School District 110 Pushes for Tax Rate Increase

Carol Daniel

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Il. (KMOX) – Normandy isn’t the only school district facing financial difficulties. In Fairview Heights, the Grant School District 110 is pushing for passage of an 85 cent tax rate increase on the ballot today.

Superintendent Matt Stines says a reduction in both property values and state aid has left the district struggling and staring bankruptcy in the face.

Stines tells KMOX  the board cut nearly $100,000 from the budget in 2010. More is needed, though, and the referendum would put them on the right path to stability.

“85 cents is what the ballot was for,” he says. “But because we have a bond coming off, the actual increase in out-of-pocket expenses for a $100,000 home owner would be about $8.25 a month–$99 a year.”

If the district does dissolve, the regional office of education and regional trustees would make the decision on where to send the district’s 700-plus students. The possibilities include Wolf Branch, Collinsville, Belleville and East St. Louis.

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